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Charity Volunteer Recruitment Fair


Welcome to the 2019 Charity Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Ever thought about helping in your local community but don’t know how? Come to the Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Wokingham Town Hall this Saturday 19th January and find out!

Open 10am-1pm. Drop in and chat with local charities who need your help.

Take the opportunity to meet representatives from local charities and organisations and find out how you can help and what volunteering can do for you! 

If you would like to follow up with any of the organisations below after the event, then please do contact them directly. 

If you would like to contact us about volunteering with other organisations, then please call The Wokingham Volunteer Centre on 0118 977 0749 or email [email protected]Visit our website for more details www.wokinghamvolunteercentre.org.uk

The Chariities  

Set up in 2004, ABC to readis an award winning charity who safely recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to provide one-to-one mentoring of primary school children in Berkshire who are struggling to read. Each year the charity open up the eyes of hundreds of children to the joys of reading, helping them to gain an essential life skill.  The charity have many local children waiting for their support but in order to do this they need to recruit more volunteers from Wokingham and Bracknell areas to join our friendly team. 

Email: [email protected]www.abctoread.org.uk.Tel: 0118 951 1336

The Link Visiting Schemeis a charity aimed at reducing the impact of loneliness in our older generation. We rely on volunteers to enhance the lives of older people by visiting them in their homes. We ask you to give 1-2 hours per week or per fortnight to offer friendship and support (you need to able to visit for at least 6 months). Training and support given.

Contact [email protected] for more info.Tel: 0118 979 8019

Me2 Club helps children and young people with additional needs, aged 5-19, in the Wokingham Borough, to attend mainstream activity clubs. We do this by matching children with a volunteer who attends the activity with them each week and helps them to get involved. The activities can be anything from uniformed groups such as Cubs and Brownies, to gymnastics, youth groups or swimming. The support our volunteers offer can range from just being there to ease social anxieties, to working closely with the family and activity leaders to support challenging behaviours. Activities are once a week for approximately 1-2 hours during term time. We ask volunteers to commit for a minimum of 1 year to ensure continuity for the child they are matched with. Me2 Club are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for inclusion and helping others. No experience is required, you must be to be over 16, complete our Volunteer Induction Training and undergo a DBS check.

Contact: [email protected]Website: www.me2club.org.uk. Tel: 0118 969 6369

Samaritans– As a listening volunteer, after training you’ll answer calls and messages from people who really need someone to talk to.  You could be based in our local branch based in Bracknell, or another branch is that’s closer.  

Does this sound like you?

  • You’re interested in listening to people going through a tough time
  • You’re open-minded and non-judgemental
  • You’re able to listen without telling people what to do

We are also looking for support volunteers to help us with:

  • Data Protection
  • Maintenance

If you’d like to know more about what’s involved – please either look about our website : https://www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-bracknell-wokingham-ascot-and-districts

Or email:  [email protected]

Thames Hospice is the local charity providing expert medical, nursing and therapeutic care for adults who have life-limiting illnesses. Their shop, based in central Wokingham, is essential to their fundraising efforts. They are looking for volunteer retail assistants to help with sorting donations, customer service/till work and visual merchandising. They have various shifts available from Monday to Saturday, and are happy to be flexible. Volunteers must be aged 16 and over.

Contact: Naomi Brown e-mail: [email protected]Tel: 0118 979 1113

Exploreis a relationships education charity, which delivers workshops within secondary schools; giving young people the opportunity to discuss and evaluate long-term, positive, healthy relationships, using marriage as a model. 

We are looking for both facilitators who have good communication and presenting skills to oversea the workshop, and married couples who are willing to sit in front of a group of teenagers (alongside a facilitator who is running the session) and answer questions about their relationship experiences. We aren’t looking for ‘perfect’ couples just couples that are willing to be open, genuine and honest.

Contact: [email protected]. Tel: 07854 326282


Sue Ryderprovides hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life changing diagnosis. Wokingham Day Hospice try to be a safety net for patients and their loved ones at a difficult time. We provide specialist services to patients living at home led by nurses experienced in palliative care. Our volunteers support our medical staff with the housekeeping and befriending of our patients and our driver volunteers transport our patients to and from Day Hospice.

Email: [email protected] Tel:0118 9495030

Website: www.sueryder.org

Abbeyfield – We are a registered charity and at Winnersh we provide support to people living with dementia.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for older people. We believe older people deserve time and respect.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Abbeyfield. We are currently looking for volunteers to enhance the wellbeing of our residents e.g. arts and crafts, gardening, befrienders, or to run our shop.

Contact: [email protected]. Website: www.abbeyfield.com.

Tel: 0118 977 4246

Home-Start Wokingham District trains volunteers to support families living in the area who have at least one child under the age of five and who are experiencing difficulties such as physical and mental illness, disability, bereavement, isolation and multiple births. These families are supported by a trained home-visiting volunteer, with parenting experience, at least once a week to provide support to help prevent crisis and family breakdown.

Contact: [email protected]Website; www.home-start.org.uk

Tel: 0118 988 8025


Wokingham Lions Clubserves our local community, aiming to help those in need and the most vulnerable in our community. We organise the May Fayre and help run the Wokingham Charity Fireworks Spectacular, as well as various smaller events and 100% of any money raised goes to good causes. It is not all hard work however; we have regular social events and don’t take ourselves too seriously.

We are always looking for new Lions to join us. So if you would like to make new friends, have fun and make a difference in our local community, why not consider joining Wokingham Lions Club.

For more information on the Wokingham Lions Club: www.facebook.com/WokinghamLions/

Visit our website: www.wokinghamlions.org.uk

Email: [email protected]Phone: 0845-8337384

The Sports & Leisure teamhas a wide choice of projects to suit all levels of commitment and experience. Some of our projects are linked with health & wellbeing while some sessions are sports specific. 

Volunteering opportunities are available in the following projects: Dementia Friendly activities, Fall prevention sessions, Social Isolation reduction, Mental Health activities, Peer Mentoring Support, Walking for Health and much more. 

We are looking for volunteers who value the benefits of physical activity and a background in health, fitness and sport would be an advantage but not essential. A willingness to learn and a friendly nature are more important. We support all our volunteers and we aim to make them feel valued, understood and proud to be associated with the work the Sports & Leisure team deliver. We will evaluate what our volunteers are excited about, what interests them and aim to offer up opportunities and placements that suit individual’s personalities and goals.

We are keen to recognise our volunteers and make the experience volunteering for the Sports & Leisure team an enjoyable and memorable one.

Contact:Sports & Leisure 0118 974 3728 Email: [email protected]

Just Around the Corner (JAC) is a Berkshire based registered charity committed to engaging with young people and their families, enabling them to make positive choices, by demonstrating love and acceptance according to Christian principles. 

We have volunteering opportunities in:

Office administration, finance, fundraising, equine, small animal care, gardening, mentoring young people, art and craft, schools work, detached work, DIY, and construction. We fit our vacancies around people’s passions, skills and experience.

Contact:[email protected]. Website: www.jacoutreach.org

Tel: 01189 441444

Holt Copse is a small, semi-natural wood to the NW of Wokingham which HCCV manage on behalf of Wokingham Town Council.  At work parties on alternate Saturday mornings between October and March (and at some mid-week ones) we coppice and plant trees, clear scrub and invasive plants, maintain paths and build bridges.   HCCV have installed and monitor over 40 bird and bat boxes and have surveyed the plants found in the Copse.  

Please visit our website (www.hccv.org.uk) for details about when and where we meet, and go to the ‘Gallery’ page to see some of the things we do.  It’s great fun and healthy exercise, no previous experience is necessary and young members are most welcome, some of whom do the ‘Volunteering’ part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by helping HCCV. 

For more information contact Mike Saynor ([email protected]) or Colin Melhuish ([email protected])

.   Rotary club of Easthampstead

The Easthampstead Rotary Club is a lively club of 45 members, both men and women. We are part of Rotary International with 1.2 million members worldwide. As a service club our aim is to help mainly local charities. We also have a good social life as we believe friendship is one of our strengths. Our club would welcome likeminded people who want to give back something to the local community. 

Contact: Brian Sutterby. Email: [email protected]. Tel: 07720 321526

Berkshire Scouts– Each week across Berkshire we help over 9,600 young people develop the skills to succeed in life. But this can only happen thanks to our brilliant volunteers!

Getting involved as an adult volunteer is hugely rewarding and we offer a range of different roles depending on your interests. These include working with young people, managing teams, administration, finance, fundraising, outdoor skills and training.  There is something for everyone, regardless of your experience or background. We would love to welcome you along to find out more without any pressure to join!  Come find us and find out more.

Email[email protected] Phone 0118 978 8292Mobile 07557 965636. www.berkshirescouts.org.uk

Wokingham Citizens Advice is a local charity that helps people to resolve challenges and problems that they face and find a way forward. Our service is free, independent, impartial and confidential. We provide face to face, telephone and email support in a variety of subject matters, for example, housing, benefit, debt and employment.

Volunteering with Citizens Advice is enjoyable, rewarding, challenging and varied and we are looking for more volunteers to join our team in Wokingham. We offer full training to prepare you for the volunteer role that is best suited to you with ongoing support and development.

Contact: [email protected]Tel: 0118 978 7258. 


The Wokingham Transport Scheme– Do you have an hour or so to spare each week?  Maybe you are recently retired? Perhaps your children are at school?  Maybe you are not in employment and would like to keep busy while you are looking for your next job? Maybe you work shifts and would like a voluntary role which can fit around them?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the Wokingham Community Transport Scheme needs you!

All you need is your own car – there is no cost to you as we reimburse all your expenses. The Scheme provides low cost transport for the elderly to hospital, local doctors, dentists, opticians, and physiotherapy. It provides an essential service to clients who live in Wokingham, Barkham, Finchampstead and Winnersh.

Contact:  Janet Hird, Christine Knox or Helena Badger. Tel: 0118 977 0749. Email [email protected]

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